Drug users who ordered by phone get police text 'We want to help you'

Drug users who ordered by phone get police text 'We want to help you'

May 19, 2021

Drug users who ordered by phone from county lines dealers are stunned as police text them to insist: ‘We want to help you’

  • Mobile owners have reported receiving the message ‘We want to help you’
  • The text says it comes from Thames Valley Police and One Recovery Bucks
  • PC Gary Ratcliffe has previously vowed to target anyone in county lines

Drug users who phoned their dealers to place orders have been texted by police and help services – after their numbers were seized during county lines investigations.

Bewildered mobile owners have reported receiving the message, which says it is from Thames Valley Police and support group One Recovery Bucks.

It tells recipients that a drug line has been shut down which has identified their number.

The text continues to tell the phone owner ‘We want to help you with your substance misuse’.

It ends with the promise that further information will be sent to the same device.

There is no indication how the numbers have been obtained, but police routinely seize mobile phones used in the drugs trade on arrest.

Neither Thames Valley Police nor One Recovery Bucks responded to requests to comment when approached by MailOnline. 


The text message emerged on the day police announced the jailing of Mohammed Nasir, 22

Almost 100 kilos of cocaine seized by Border Force, Sussex and Thames Valley Police in 2020

The message was revealed on the same day Thames Valley Police trumpeted the results of an investigation they said showed ‘county drug lines or organised crime’ would be targeted.

It saw a man sentenced for drug and driving offences which took place in Aston Clinton, near Aylesbury.

Mohammed Nasir, 22, of Luton, was jailed for three years and four months at Aylesbury Crown Court last Thursday.

Police say he had already pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply a Class A drugs, namely heroin and crack cocaine, and one count of dangerous driving on April 29.

Officers clocked him at 1pm on December 15 last year, as he drove along the A41 in Aston Clinton in an Audi A6, towards Aylesbury.

When they tried to stop him he sped off and when they were finally able to halt him arrested the motorist.


This morning the Metropolitan Police searched more than 200 shipping containers at a commercial container yard in Purfleet, Essex during dawn raids on a suspected county lines drugs gang.

It was discovered that he was in possession of £1,650 worth of Class A drugs, multiple phones and also cash.

Investigating officer PC Gary Ratcliffe, of Aylesbury police station, said: ‘Nasir drove at speed along the A41, in such a manner causing danger to not only himself, but innocent members of the public.

‘However, swift work from our officers meant that he was arrested shortly after making off, preventing any further dangerous driving and causing any risk to the public on what is a busy road.

‘After being stopped, Nasir was found to be in possession of Class A drugs, mobile phones and cash in his car. He was charged the next day.

‘Now he has been sentenced after pleading guilty due to the strong evidence against him, he can reflect on his offending while serving this sentence.

‘Anyone involved in County Drug lines or organised crime within Aylesbury Vale will be targeted by the Stronghold Team and will continue to be pursed until the line or crime group are no more.’

This morning the Metropolitan Police searched more than 200 shipping containers at a commercial container yard in Purfleet, Essex during dawn raids on a suspected county lines drugs gang.

It is believed the gang used the site for storage, with investigators discovering drugs, cash, weapons and three stolen off-road vehicles in the first few hours of searching. 

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